A new farm bill remains in limbo following last week’s defeat of the House version. Iowa Congressmen, Bruce Brailey and Dave Loebscak, this week introduced the Senate version in the House for consideration and Iowa Senator, Tom Harkin, says that would work for him.
“The Senate passed a farm bill, twice, but we just passed it now overwhelmingly with good, strong bipartisan support," mentions Harkin. "All the House has to do is to take it up and pass it. Boehner has to take the lead in doing that.”
A major stumbling block has been the food stamp program and its cost. Harkin says removing it from the farm bill would be detrimental because the food assistance program is what gets a lot of urban lawmakers to support agricultural policy.
Iowa Radio Network
June 27, 2013